Last week today: or the week in short
Welcome to this week's installment of our one line reviews. Interesting point: only one show from ITV, lack of quality perhaps?
Silent Witness (Monday/Tuesday, BBC1) Much better this week from the Lyall Centre team; this series has shown what a surprisingly effective show this can be considering it’s well into an 18th season. (Max Mazonowicz)
Broadchurch (Monday, ITV) Does anyone know where the real Broadchurch has gone as this second series seems to disappearing in a twisting mix of storylines and confusion: must do better. (MM)
Extant (Tuesday, Syfy) A silly sort of show this Amazon Instant Video show has the star (Halle Berry) and the budget, but maybe not the script if this first episode is anything to go by; still you should never judge a show by the first episode. (MM)
The Big Bang Theory (Thursday, E4): Can we have a whole Fun With Flags episode because what we got was hilarious, particularly when Levar Burton made a guest appearance; but ANOTHER break E4 - really? (Baz Greenland)
Brooklyn Nine Nine (Thursday, E4): Loving this show; Holt versus his nemesis was brilliant and it is a comedy that makes me laugh every time. (BG)
Scandal (Thursday , Sky Living): Having dinner with your father who murdered your girlfriends friend - that is the kind of OTT drama Scandal presents but it is kind of fun; enjoying the more serious West-Wing style drama in the White House too as this time they tackled gun control... (BG)
Suits (Thursday, Dave): Still one of the slickest, fun dramas on TV but is it just me or is Mike a bit of a jerk now? Waiting for him to rejoin his old mentor Harvey. (BG)
Ascension (Friday, Sky 1) A new sci-fi show that doesn’t stink is something to write home about, and this is well worth a watch.
Crisis (Friday, Watch) This show is actually better than it first seemed, though the plot devices and generic set-up are as hackneyed as ever it does have the best TV President Of The United States since Jed Bartlett. (MM)
Now You See It (Saturday, BBC1) Or, that awful “magic” show voice-overed by Mel Giedroyc; this is the ultimate nadir of Saturday night television, not noted as the finest evening of telly at the best of times. (MM)
You Gotta Eat Here (Good Food, Sunday) Another of those imported shows where a mildly annoying host goes around the diners, drive-ins, and dives (Ed:That's another show.) of the US, this is good despite John Catucci's over-enthusiastic presenting style; The Flying Spatula looked awesome though, so much meat! (MM)
Call The Midwife (Sunday, BBC1) It’s the same as ever in London, only 1960 now not 1950’s, this is still a bittersweet Sunday night show of the sort only the BBC can really pull off. (MM)
Transparent (Whenever you fancy, Amazon) Having binge watched 80% of this much talked about show it’s safe to say that it’s a well acted, well written and crafted,interesting and sensitive take on how a family reacts to significant change; but it’s also a show about the most annoying children in the history of TV: be prepared to dislike them. (MM)
Mozart In The Jungle (Whenever you fancy, Amazon) How could you not love a show with Malcolm McDowell as an angry retired orchestra conductor being undermined by the young, handsome Gael García Bernal: the opening episode is lightweight fun, let’s see how it progresses. (MM)